Our desired facility will ideally have between 50 and 65 rooms. We would like to have a wing for single women as well as a family wing to serve women with children. The single wing will have the ability to house two single guests per room if necessary due to space limitations and the family wing will house one woman with up to three children. The anticipated length of stay for guests may be as short as 30 days for those that have limited needs and can transition quickly on their own and up to 120 days for those that have more extensive needs for our programs and to develop a plan for self-sufficiency. The stay limit will be dictated by the zoning and licensing requirements and will be determined at the time a facility is secured and necessary licensing and zoning have been established.
Staffing of the facility will include the need for kitchen staff for food prep, daycare staff, reception staff, maintenance and janitorial, housekeeping services, as well as executive positions necessary to direct all operations of the organization. In addition to staff employed by the organization, the organization will utilize volunteers to supplement a variety of functions.
In addition to a general reception area where guests will be greeted and meet with our admissions staff, the facility will provide a business center, giving our guests computer access as well as printers to allow them to perform job searches, develop resumes with assistance, as well as job search or job matching with our community employment resources. Guests will also have access to on-site food services, providing three daily meals for all guests. We will have an apparel shop that will make available clothing, shoes and assessories that have been donated and guests will receive a voucher upon admission for clothing from the shop. A café will be available during all business hours for snacks and sundries such as hygiene items (toothpaste, shampoo, sanitary products, etc.). Guests can earn credit to make purchases at the café for hours volunteered during their stay. A daycare will be available for guests that have children so they can continue working if employed or can facilitate a job search without having to address child care needs. We will also provide a chapel to allow guests to strengthen their spiritual guidance and direction and participate in services if they wish. Group session rooms will allow for group counseling provided by on-site therapists. A community room will also be available with comfortable furniture for guests to meet and congregate, share coffee together, watch TV, or just share time among others facing similar challenges when rooms become too confining or claustrophobic. Last but not least, a salon, providing hair and nail services, will insure the women are able to feel their best while they endeavor to complete their program and leave us.